How To Outsmart A Porch Pirate

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 5:22pm
Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:10pm

Last year, Amazon reported delivering more than 5 billion packages to its Prime customers. The home delivery trend has drawn thieves to door steps around the country.

A recent study of Google search topics found residents in the nation's wealthiest cities typed in "stolen packages" more than any other region.

Phoenix and Tucson did not make the top 10 list.

That may be in part to delivery services giving customers more choices on the receiving end of the mail.

Rod Spurgeon with the United States Postal Service said it is offering an "Informed Delivery" service through its website.

"It lets customers preview their mail before it arrives at their home," he said. Customers can opt to have messages sent by text or email, "So people can see letters, cards and packages before they arrive."

Customers can request packages be held at the post office, out of sight on a patio, or left at a specific neighbor's home.

Other delivery companies are offering similar services.

For instance, United Parcel Service offers its "My Choice" app online for busy customers who want to meet up with a package at a business near their errands.

"Like a deli, a coffee shop, a pharmacy," said UPS spokeswoman Dawn Wotapka. Customers can schedule deliveries to UPS stores or vetted business partners. "You will go in, they have a scanner so that it’s secure, and you can walk out with your package."

FedEx and Amazon are also offering similar services.

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